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an example. >> well, okay. jon stewart is an a guest. >> jimmy: he's a great guy. >> just for example. that's when you learn that, like, he majored in chemistry in college. so i had to ask him the geek question -- did he have a favorite element. and he said -- yes, he did. he said carbon. so i said well, why? he said because it's the slut of the periodic table. [ laughter ] it binds with all other elements in many different ways from behind, from above. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: what is going down? >> because of that, it's the foundation of biology. carbon makes the most complex molecules there are, and the most complex state of chemistry we know, we call biology. >> jimmy: that is very cool. >> that's useful to know when you're looking for life elsewhere in the universe. so, so, there -- talking about science with jon stewart. and there are others. we have a guy who wrote the book called "the physics of superheroes." that was fun, and -- two parts in a week. >> jimmy: like, how can superman actually fly? >> well yeah. so, yeah. there's a lot of violation of the laws of
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politicians. if he were here today he could be with jon stewart, he could be anybody, he uld be with stephen colbert and meet them eye to eye. that he was funny. how often have w seen a polician like that? not in a long time. >> rose: how do you think president obama's doing on those standards? >> well, i think the one thing he did care about, lincoln, originally, the emotional intelligence set of issues, i think he does have those. when you watch him around a table he makes sure everybody speaks, h listens to people with opposing advice. i think the thing you ve to learn when you get into the presidency is that a certain point you can't listen anymore. lincoln finally said "consensus can be paralyzing, you have to decide when to act." >> rose: wow. >> so that everyone around a table, for example, he debated emancipation for two months, three months, and everybody had different points of view. don't do it, do it, do it yesterday. he finally decided i'm making my mind up and issuing the emancipation proclamation. he goes to the cabinet and says "i don't want your ideas. i've made up my mind.